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A Closer Look at Mike Pence

The following is a timeline of Rep. Mike Pence’s life. Pence was chosen by the editors of Human Events as its 2005 Man of the Year.

1959:
Born on June 7 in Columbus, Ind.

1981:
Graduated from Hanover College

1985:
Married Karen on June 8

1986:
Graduated from Indiana University, School of Law with his doctorate in jurisprudence

1988:
Made first run for Congress

1991:
Named president of the Indiana Policy Review Foundation, a conservative state think tank

1992:
Began radio broadcasting career with the “Mike Pence Show,” which eventually was syndicated statewide on 18 Indiana radio stations

2000:
First elected to Congress

2003 & 2004:
Visited American troops and Iraqi citizens in Iraq

2004:
Unanimously elected chairman of the Republican Study Committee in September

2004:
Led congressional delegation visit to Afghanistan and Pakistan in December to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and to visit American troops at Camp Phoenix

2005:
Described by the Washington Post as “A New Face on Conservatism” in March

2005:
Made third trip to Iraq over Labor Day

2005:
Launched “Operation Offset” in September to cut specific items from the federal budget to pay for Hurricane Katrina relief

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